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Touring South Africans Dave Tubb 1-29-03  
I am a South African who is looking at doing a really big roadtrip in the States from February 2004 for about 5 months. We are basically looking at traversing the outside square of the States and are looking for any info which might help us on our trip.
We are particularly concerned about the costs involved (the SA rand isnt the strongest currency in the world)and are looking at eating simply, (pasta and veggies) staying in simple RV parks (We dont need games rooms, internet etc.)but seeing the best of your beautiful country. We are also looking at buying a pre owned class C vehicle which we will then sell upon completion of the trip. We are taking a loan out in SA and will sell the vehicle upon completion of the trip and pay out the remainder outstanding on the loan. We are hoping that if we purchase a vehicle for $18 000 we will be able to sell it for about $14 000 - $15 000 at the end of the trip( therefore each having to pay $1000 to cover the shortfall on the loan)
We have budgeted about $8000 each (for the whole trip) and are wondering whether the holiday of our dreams is possible.
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Regards
Dave
Re: Touring South Africans Laureen Maloney 1-10-05  
Hi, my husband is from SA. We live here in Coronado, California.

Last spring, we bought an old class c motorhome that I've been fixing up. It's been a lot of fun and a lot of work too.

Sometimes, I'll take it down to the Strand which is the beach in between Coronado and Imperial Beach (bordering on Mexico).

The rates have gone up, but last year, we were paying 11.00 a night to stay at the beach, literally 3 miles from Coronado and the Hotel Del.

If you get to Coronado, by the way, stop by Opals and Gems of Australia, located in the Hotel Del Coronado, and say Hi to my husband, Beau Maloney.

Coronado is a lovely place. Best of luck on your travels.
Re: Touring South Africans ZG 1-29-03  
Hello from the States!

Since you didn't give any information regarding your starting point, I will assume it is on the East Coast, flying into New York. (If you are flying into Houston, Texas, or Los Angeles, California, then you can change the starting point as needed).

Having a mother, and most of my family from Cape Town and Johannesburg, I have found that, while visiting, California is their favorite (perhaps because La Jolla, California is very similar to the Cape).

At any rate, since you will be holding to a budget, the State parks may be a good starting point for you. You can begin investigating the parks on your route by going to http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parksearch/state/usamap.cfm and clicking on the state you are starting from. This site also gives you very detailed pages of the areas, and the amenities provided in the parks.

How exciting for you to travel for such a long time in the States! You will have a wonderful time!

I'll watch this post to see what other questions you come up with.

Oh, you may want to check this site's Classifieds and Link Directory for Class C RVs and campground listings. The links are at the top of this page...

Regards,

ZG
Touring South Africans jacques 5-6-03  
Howzat!

I'm currently in Long island, New York. I was originally ( since 22dec 2002
- 1Apr 2003) in New Hampshire and was planning on going to Florida, when one night we popped into a bar in Manhattan and a gentleman suggested we stay right here in NY, long island. Why?...There's enough work for your entire crew (weather your 2 or 50...), but accomodation is insanely expensive...we were very lucky to find a room ( 4 by 5 meters, stove, shower and toilet with TV) for $250.00 a week. Even the locals can't believe it, so it's hard to come by cheap accomodation. But maybe your in luck when you come past...
Hidden Cove (complex)
West Tiana road
Hampton Bays
Long Island
New York
The rent is only this expensive in summer, with a bit of luck you might find an entire house (big ass house...) for between $1800.00 and $5000.00 per month, but thats in winter only ( 30 Oct to 30May )...
Great island, beautiful woman and lots of party, in the summer that is...

Good luck
Cheers
J
Re: Touring South Africans Annie 7-16-12  
Hi, I would really like to speak to you. I was a childhood friend of Beau John Maloney and visited him just after his mom and dad got divorced. I live in Texas (how ironic) and ofcause tried to find him. I did....and read alot...i have found your name and Beau Snr on facebook. I have sent a req...i would really appreciate a chat. I was so sad to read what i read...it broke my heart. He was like my brother in South Africa....i so loved him and his family.

Please reply....thank you so much Laureen.

kind regards Annie
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